Messi will reverse his decision to retire, says Luis Suarez

first_imgUruguay striker Luis Suarez believes that Argentina star and his Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi will reverse his decision to quit international football.Messi called time on his international career in the immediate aftermath of Argentina’s defeat to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final. It was the third time in three successive years that Messi and Argentina failed to grab a major trophy, losing to Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup followed by Chile in the Copa America final last year. (Also read: Maradona urges Messi to shelve plans to quit Argentina) The Barcelona star was left in tears having missed his penalty in the shootout, but several high-profile figures in Argentina, including the nation’s president Mauricio Macri and Diego Maradona, have urged the 29-year-old not to go through with his decision. (Messi fails to match Maradona success in Argentina shirt )”I’m sure that he will change his mind, but whatever he decides he will still be the best ever. Knowing Leo, I’m sure it was said in a moment of sadness and helplessness,” Suarez was quoted as saying by Radio Tenfield of Uruguay on Tuesday. (Fans, president, Maradona want Messi to reconsider retirement )”It would be a shame for football if he took this decision, but I’m sure he will reconsider and change his mind. It’s a difficult time. Everyone has the right to make decisions and they should be respected.”Argentina, the second most successful nation at the Copa America with 14 titles, thus continue their 23-year wait to win a major tournament. Their last triumph was in 1993 when they won the Copa America title.advertisementThe defeat was rendered even more poignant for Argentina fans as Messi announced his retirement. The announcement brought down the curtains on an international career which started in 2005.last_img read more

Monster effort from Dez Wells helps San Miguel advance to Terrific 12 semis

first_imgBecoming his own man As some sort of consolation, Austria let 37-year-old veteran Ronald Tubid into the game much to the delight of the predominantly Filipino crowd.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “From the start, we knew this would be a difficult game for us and after they lost in their last game we knew they would come out fighting hard,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria.“We know that they have a good game plan but we’re ready for anything that will happen.”The 6-foot-5 Wells finished with a game-high 42 points and six rebounds to lead the Beermen while Terrence Romeo added 18 points.Lester Prosper manned the paint for the Beermen, who playedl without the injured June Mar Fajardo, to register 15 points and eight boards.Brooks led the Golden Kings with 34 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT San Miugel import Dez Wells. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMACAU—San Miguel marched its way to the semifinals after defusing Ryukyu, 101-92, in the final group stage game of the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 Thursday at Tap Seac Sports Pavilion.The Beermen, the lone Philippine team left in contention, ended the group stage undefeated at 2-0 to set up a semifinals match up with Group D top seed Liaoning.ADVERTISEMENT Luka Doncic, Slovenia handed Olympic qualifying chance Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers San Miguel shrugged off a slow start where it trailed 12-4 and controlled the momentum after it turned the tied with an 11-0 run, capped off by Dez Wells’ layup, with a minute left in the opening quarter.The grand slam seeking PBA champions managed to fend off all attempts from the Golden Kings to close in, thanks to Wells who came up big on both ends on the floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40He nailed a booming triple to give San Miguel a 72-66 lead 1:53 in the third quarter after the Japanese ball club came within three points.The newest San Miguel import also delivered a massive denial on Demon Brooks at the top of the rim with less than three minutes left to play and San Miguel holding a 94-86 lead. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

A Surprising School Might Be Favorite For Jalen Hurts’ Transfer

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide passes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts might not end up being the biggest quarterback prospect on college football’s transfer market with five-star freshman Justin Fields reportedly leaving Georgia, but Alabama’s dual-threat junior will still be heavily pursued.The former Crimson Tide starting quarterback has been linked to several major programs – Auburn, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State – but a surprising school might actually be the favorite to land him.Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel reports that Maryland is actually the “most popular speculation spot” for Hurts.The Terrapins have hired Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, so it actually wouldn’t be too surprising if Hurts decided to follow him.Here’s what Thamel wrote on the latest regarding Hurts:The Alabama quarterback has a 26-2 record as a starter, which is good enough to get you a statue built at most schools. His spot duty to save Alabama in the SEC title game reminded everyone of his dual-threat ability and dynamism. The most popular speculation spot is Maryland, where he’d follow offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. In terms of scheme, UCLA looms as the most logical fit. In terms of familiarity, he could go to FAU where he’d be aligned to thrive again under former Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Ohio State could loom as a possibility considering Day’s work in Haskins’ lone season as a starter. Regardless, with Alabama heavily favored to play for the national title on Jan. 7, it will be a quick turnaround for Hurts to find his next home.Maryland has had some major quarterback issues over the last couple of seasons and Hurts would bring some serious stability to the position.Hurts is expected to be one of a couple of major quarterbacks on the transfer market with Fields and, potentially, Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush.Stay tuned. read more

Mamata declares rural Bengal open defecation free

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared rural West Bengal as open defecation free (ODF) and said that her government will now focus on solid waste management. Around 1.35 crore households in rural Bengal have been covered by the ‘Mission Nirmal Bangla’, which aimed at making all villages open defecation free (ODF) by October 2. “I’m happy to share with all of you that rural Bengal is now open defecation free. Government of India has confirmed our achievement which was our mission towards cleaner and greener environment and safe living,” Banerjee tweeted on Friday night. “Our next focus will be solid waste management,” she added.last_img read more

Richard Oland seemed happy to see his son Dennis hours before murder

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — On the day he was savagely beaten to death, multi-millionaire businessman Richard Oland was catching up on work in his Saint John office and appeared pleased when his only son, Dennis, popped in to discuss genealogy and the Oland family tree.Over seven years later, Dennis Oland is on trial for a second time for the bludgeoning death of his dad on that day in 2011, and prosecutors have told the court money was the motive.Maureen Adamson, Richard Oland’s executive assistant at the time of his death, was on the stand for day two of the Oland murder retrial on Thursday, recounting the daily routine of the office in uptown Saint John which included keeping track of money Dennis owed his father.She was the first to discover the body on the morning of July 7, 2011. Oland, 69, had been struck 45 times, mostly on the head, with a weapon that was never found.Adamson said Dennis was making interest-only payments of $1,666.67 per month on a loan of more than half a million dollars Richard Oland had extended when Dennis was in a tight financial spot due to divorce several years earlier.Under cross-examination by defence lawyer Michael Lacy, a new member of the Oland defence team, Adamson described what she knew about the relationship between father and son, saying she did not see signs of the strained and troubled relationship referred to by prosecutors.Adamson said Dennis Oland was not a frequent visitor to his father’s uptown Saint John office, but when he showed up late in the day of July 6, 2011 — the day of the murder — Richard Oland seemed happy to see him.“It was an animated hello, a ‘Hey Dennis’,” she said of Richard Oland’s greeting to the man subsequently accused of his murder.“He seemed happy to see him.”Adamson said both Olands were engrossed in research Dennis was spearheading into the family tree, stretching back to its roots in Great Britain. The Olands are one of the best known business families in the Maritimes, where they have been involved in brewing beer since the 19th century.Richard Oland was a former executive with Moosehead Breweries in Saint John, although he left the company in the early 1980s. Adamson said he was worth about $37 million.On the day of the murder, she left shortly after Dennis Oland’s arrival at around 5:30 p.m. From that point on, father and son were alone in the office.Dennis said he left a little after 6:30 p.m. and headed back to his home in Rothesay, on the outskirts of the city. He told police his father was fine when he left and he has steadfastly maintained he is innocent of the crime.Adamson said she thought the father and son got along well.“Aside from the normal grumblings most people have with family members … I thought they got along well,” Adamson said. “I did not see that stress I heard about later (during the first trial).”Dennis Oland, 50, was convicted in 2015 of the second-degree murder of his father after a lengthy jury trial. That conviction was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered.The second jury trial was declared a mistrial before it got started earlier this week. Justice Terrence Morrison of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench cited “improprieties” in the jury selection process. It turned out a Saint John police officer coordinating files for Crown prosecutors was accessing an internal police database to research jurors in violation of a directive from the Supreme Court of Canada.The Crown was not involved in the improper searches and immediately informed the defence and the judge. The trial is now being heard by Morrison alone.Chris Morris, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Miller Mayhem Fundraiser

first_imgAs well as music there will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw, Guitar Raffle, Refreshments and Midnight Lunch as ‘Dale takes the lead on ALS.’There will be Safe Rides to and from the event.In October 2018, Dale Miller was given the diagnosis of familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A very rare condition, the incidence of ALS in Canada is 2/100,000 and of those cases, 5-10% is the familial type of ALS. There are only about 150-300 people in Canada with familial ALS.A GoFundMe Account has been set up in Miller’s name as the Account says, ‘With ALS, everyone’s situation progresses in an unpredictable fashion but leads to the same outcome. This is a fatal condition and there is no hope for a cure in Dale’s lifetime. Dale’s remaining time will include a gradual, but certain, decline in mobility and independence.’The Account goes on to share Dale has been unable to work since his diagnosis and having lived a life of modest means and hard work, often seasonal in nature, financial resources are extremely limited. Dale and Pam are already trying to prepare for the financial and emotional challenges they will need to face together.Dale and Pam have lived and worked in the Fort St. John, BC, area for many years. Many know Dale as a musician as he has been actively engaged in the live music scene around town, playing in various ensembles, both formally and informally, (some of you may know him as “Sea-legs” or “Silverback” or “Big Sexy”). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Miller Mayhem Benefit Event is set to help raise funds for Dale Miller and his battle with ALS.The Fundraiser has been set to take place at the Taylor Curling Club on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 from 7 pm – 1:30 am. Entry to the Event is by Donation.Several local musicians will be performing the night such as Rob Fraser, Cory Hipkiss, Airik Clark, Smokey Roads, Inroads and Rob Doucette and friends. To view the GoFundMe; CLICK HERE To view the FB Event; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Central African Republic UN agency delivers food aid to thousands displaced by

“It is critical that WFP has the necessary resources to come to the aid of people who are most vulnerable and have been repeatedly affected by a crisis that erupted two years ago,” said Bienvenu Djossa, WFP Country Director in the Central African Republic (CAR). According to WFP, nearly 900,000 people are still displaced or have taken refuge in neighbouring countries since the start of the conflict in 2013 and the agency and its partners aim to assist 1.2 million people in areas worst-affected by conflict and hunger. The agency urgently requires $21 million to continue providing vital assistance to families in need through to the end of the year. “More than 40,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in a matter of days,” according to Mr. Djossa.“The situation remains tense and volatile, but WFP has been able to reach over the past week those most in need, people who have been cut off from any assistance for days, and living in difficult circumstances in over 20 displacement sites,” Mr. Djossa said.He went on to say that even before this latest escalation in violence, “about one in four people were in need of urgent food assistance, and were struggling to recover from the widespread disruption the conflict caused to their lives.” read more

Businessman fears he will die in prison like his father if he

first_imgA British resident fighting extradition to Romania has told how he fears he will die in prison if he is deported to face “unfounded” corruption charges.Alexander Adamescu says he will suffer the same fate as his father Dan, who has died in hospital as a result of blood poisoning contracted in a Romanian jail.Mr Adamescu Jnr claims corrupt elements within Romanian state are determined to destroy his family and seize their business assets.Mr Adamescu Snr, 68, a millionaire businessman who owned one of Romania’s largest opposition newspapers, died in a hospital on Monday night after contracting sepsis at the notorious high security Rahova prison, where he was serving four years for bribery.His son, who lives in London with his wife and three young children, told The Daily Telegraph: “The appalling treatment of my father demonstrates the total breakdown of the rule of law and due process in Romania, and the vindictive persecution that its government authorities have inflicted upon him.“By killing my father they have put me on notice of their intentions. If extradited, I fear it would not be long before I, too, would be disposed of and my little children orphaned.”Mr Adamescu added: “Should the UK ignore my, and many others’ warnings, about the parlous state of justice in Romania and fail to prevent my unlawful extradition, it is inevitable that I will be subject to the same persecution and abuse that claimed my father’s life. I have no doubts that I’m to be done away with next to finish the job.” Alexander Adamescu, pictured here with his wife Adriana, fears he will die in prison if he is extradited to Romania The report concludes: “There can be little doubt that Alexander Adamescu is being pursued because he is Dan Adamescu’s son, and the prosecution has been predicated on the desire to ‘decapitate’ the Adamescu family’s holdings and their influence.”The EU routinely labels the country as one of the most corrupt in Europe and has placed it, along with neighbouring Bulgaria, under a corruption monitoring scheme. A European parliament study estimated Romania lost about 15 per cent of its GDP to corruption.However, observers say the Romanian authorities have put significant effort into prosecuting corrupt businessmen and politicians as part of their bid to win closer European integration, including accession to the Eurozone.Under the campaign some of the country’s most powerful businessmen have been brought down, along with a string of high-profile government ministers. They include Mr Ponta, who is currently battling corruption charges of his own, including tax evasion and money laundering.The Romanian National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) denied conspiring to seize the Adamescus’ business holdings and said Mr Adamescu Snr had received a fair trial. Earlier this month Mr Adamescu’s wife accused Romanian government agents of attempting to kidnap her from a London street.Adriana Constantinescu described how two masked men tried to drag her into a car outside her St John’s Wood home after she had dropped her children off.She described the attack on her in March last year as “terrifying”.“There was nothing random about this kidnap attempt – it is symptomatic of the attempts by the Romanian prosecutors and intelligence agents to intimidate us and show us what they are capable of doing,” she said. “It is the typical Romanian neo-Communist  fashion to go after the entire family, wife, children, babies, when you want to destroy a person.”Scotland Yard said the incident was still subject to an ongoing investigation, but that no arrests had been made and there had been few leads to pursue.Mr Adamescu, 38, who is a German citizen, was arrested last June and locked up in Wandsworth Prison for two nights before being released on bail pending a EAW hearing into his case in April.The Romanian authorities are demanding his extradition as part of a wider case against Mr Adamescu’s father Dan, a businessman and proprietor of the opposition newspaper Romania Libera, had been found guilty of attempting to bribe judges in his case, charges his family say were completely unfounded. Alexander Adamescu, pictured here with his wife Adriana, fears he will die in prison if he is extradited to RomaniaCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley/The Telegraphcenter_img Mr Adamescu claims the authorities are using the European Arrest Warrant to seek his extradition from Britain on the pretext of fighting corruption at home. In September last year he was moved from a six man prison cell – where he claimed he suffered from inhumane and unsanitary conditions – to a hospital intensive care ward attached to Jilava prison, near Bucharest, to receive treatment for sepsis.Alexander Adamescu’s lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, said: “The horrific and intentional mistreatment of Dan Adamescu, which has lead to his death, represented a grave violation of his human rights and is aimed at controlling his newspaper and expropriating his businesses.”    The family’s supporters claim former-Communist elements within Romania’s security services fabricated a bribery case against the Astra insurance company run by Mr Adamescu Snr, which had grown to become the country’s largest.They claim that in February 2014 the then-Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta instructed market regulators to take control of the firm, which was subsequently liquidated.Dan Adamescu was the founder of Nova Group, which holds stakes in several shopping centres, offices and hotels in the Romanian capital, including the InterContinental Hotel Bucharest.A high level report by a senior figure in British intelligence, seen by The Telegraph, says that Romania is seeking Alexander’s extradition and trial in an attempt to silence him and thwart the Adamescu family’s attempt to win millions of Euros in compensation from the authorities. 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Speed Runner Finishes Cuphead in 46 Minutes

first_imgStay on target ‘Cuphead’ Cartoon Is Coming to NetflixTesla Adds ‘Sadistically Difficult’ Cuphead to In-Vehicle Game Lineup Cuphead was released this past weekend and it has been kicking gamer’s asses around the world. The beautifully hand-drawn graphics and whimsical vibe do not properly convey Cuphead‘s punishingly brutal nature. As challenging as the game is, we knew it would only be a matter of time before speed runners began taking a crack at finishing the game quickly. With that said, I don’t think anyone was prepared to see a record completion time set mere days after launch.A Twitch streamer by the name of Frayzlo managed to complete Cuphead in 46 minutes and six seconds. As reported on GameRant, he completed the first world in under 15 minutes, the second world in around 10 minutes, and the third world in just over 15. It is difficult to say how many times he had to play through the game in order to arrive at this record time. While each boss can be defeated in minutes, it takes a while to learn their specific patterns. This is the reason why it normally takes most folks 8-12 hours to even finish Cuphead.You can see how Frayzlo manages to seemingly impossible in the video below.Watch live video from FRAYZLO on www.twitch.tvAs great as this run is, it’s not perfect. Frayzlo has to restart a few times (did we mention this game is hard?). As a person who has only just gotten to the second world, I do not say that as criticism. If Frayslo can manage to decrease the number of times he has to restart then he can definitely shorten his play time. If he (or any other streamer) can play through Cuphead with little to no deaths, then it’s entirely possible the record-setting 46 minute speed run will be beaten eventually. It’s going to take a lot of work, but I’m sure Frayzlo and his fellow speed runners are up to the challenge.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Scorpion Venom Shuttles Drugs to the Brain

first_imgStay on target And you thought needles were scary: Researchers are using scorpion venom to transport drugs to the brain.The Peptides and Proteins lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) modified the amino acid chain chlorotoxin—present in scorpion venom—to carry medicine across humans’ blood-brain barrier (BBB).An important mechanism for protecting the brain from harmful substances, the roadblock also prevents medication used to treat neurological diseases and tumors from entering the organ.“About 98 percent of drugs that could have therapeutic applications cannot be used because they cannot cross this barrier,” lab head Ernest Giralt said in a statement.In an effort to bypass the BBB, researchers chemically synthesized chlorotoxin, a 36-amino acid peptide shuttle with blood-brain barrier permeability.As described in a paper published by the journal Chemical Communications, the team found that a monocyclic peptidomimetic version of the protein, known as MiniCTX3, has the capacity to transport compounds across the divide “with great efficiency.”“Our goal is to enable drugs to enter the brain and to do this we bind them with peptides specifically designed to cross the BBB,” research co-leader Meritxell Teixidó said.Just as traditional medicine uses plants and flowers to treat diseases, the Spanish lab—one of only two or three groups worldwide devoted to shuttle peptides—has found inspiration in other natural products: poisons.“We are working on a number of strategies,” Giralt said, “and one of them is venom.”In previous studies, the scientists made chemical modifications to bee venom (namely apamin) to obtain a shuttle with BBB permeability.“Thousands of venoms that hold millions of peptides with the shuttle potential have been described,” according to Teixidó. “We chose chlorotoxin because it has already been reported that it acts like a toxin in the brain.”Scorpion venom as a human pharmaceutical is not new: So-called “tumor paint,” derived from the arachnid’s toxin, can be injected into the bloodstream to highlight cancer cells.More neurological coverage on Retinas Reveal How Humans See Color‘Microdosing’ Psychedelics Might Impact Creativity, Study Says‘Social Network’ BrainNet Lets People Communicate Mentally Toy Tuesday: The Most Fatal ‘Mortal Kombat’ Toys11 Marvel Characters Everyone Forgot About last_img read more

SPOILER 93 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic taping

first_img 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder def. Noah Kekoa & Alexander Wolfe in an opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic on Thursday night. The match was taped at an NXT live event in Orlando, Florida. Marcus Louis was originally slated to be Wolfe’s partner, based off bracketing shown on the 9/2 WWE NXT TV, but that wound up not being the case.Source: Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twittercenter_img WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Facebooklast_img read more

PAGCOR enjoys 125 increase in gaming income through 1Q18

first_img Big trouble in little China Load More RelatedPosts Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR raked in income from gaming operations of Php15.8 billion in the three months to 31 December 2018, a 12.5% year-on-year increase.The solid growth figures saw the government’s share through taxes increase from Php7.9 billion in 1Q17 to Php8.3 billion in 2018, which includes a mandatory 50% tax on PAGCOR’s gaming income and a further 5% Franchise Tax. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August PAGCOR’s expenses, which include corporate social responsibility payments and contributions mandated by special law, grew 9.66% to Php7.0 billion, leaving the regulatory body with net income of Php1.4 billion – up 7.63% on the same period in 2017.The Philippines gaming industry has been on a hot streak of late, with casino GGR rising 15.7% in 2017 to Php75.9 billion. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

7 of hospitality staff are comfortable talking to their employer about mental

first_imgJust 7% of hospitality employee respondents would feel comfortable talking to their employer about their mental health, according to research by Pizza Hut and Mental Health UK.The research, which surveyed 500 UK hospitality employees, also found that more than half (56%) of respondents have received adverse treatment at work as a result of a mental health issue.The research also found:44% of respondents would not talk to anyone about their mental health, not even friends or family.15% of respondents believe that mental health at work is the responsibility of the entire organisation.24% of respondents feel that offering flexible working is the best way that employers in the hospitality industry can support employees’ mental health.Kathryn Austin (pictured), director of HR and marketing at Pizza Hut Restaurants, said: “Research tells us that one in four people in this country are affected by mental health each year. When you consider the number of people working in hospitality and using hospitality services, this puts our industry in a unique position to impact people’s lives for the better. We know we have a responsibility to support and protect all the people who touch our business, whether that’s our employees or our guests.“As a business we put people at the heart of everything we do and that’s why we are investing heavily in training and development. It’s not just about teaching our people the skills they need to do their jobs, but also giving them skills for life including behavioural, emotional and relationship skills.”Emma Malcolm, associate director for fundraising and engagement at Rethink Mental Illness, added: “It is incredibly important to support your staff’s mental health in the workplace. As these findings highlight, mental health problems are extremely common, and yet people still shy away from talking openly about them with colleagues.“We are delighted to be working with Pizza Hut Restaurants to help [it] lead the way in the hospitality industry and make it a priority to support the mental wellbeing of its employees through fundraising and training opportunities.”last_img read more

Ananya Panday I want to act with Suhana Khan and Shanaya Kapoor

first_imgAnanya PandayInstagramShe is young, spunky, confident and rather frank in her chat with the media for Student of the Year 2 (SOTY 2), her acting debut in Bollywood. So when Ananya Panday, actor Chunky Panday’s daughter, tells us that she looks up to Alia Bhatt as her role model in Bollywood, we are not surprised and we know she is following in the right footsteps. Like Alia Bhatt, who made her debut in Karan Johar’s production and directorial Student of the Year, Ananya Panday makes her debut in SOTY 2. The sequel is produced by Dharma Productions and directed by Punit Malhotra.International Business Times, India speaks to Ananya Panday on her experience working in her debut film, her first co-star Tiger Shroff, her upcoming projects, being an industry kid and her father Chunky Panday’s struggle, and her bestie Suhana Khan.Ananya also speaks about working with Tiger Shroff and Will Smith, and not getting a chance to work with her favourite Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra. Ananya, who is rather popular on Instagram, also reveals how she tackles trolls. Excerpts from the chat.IBTIMES: This is your debut film and first experience of promoting a film. How has been the experience?Ananya Panday: We’re just back from shooting for Super Dancer (the dance reality show). This is my first promotional, so I’m excited for everything. Karan Johar gave me the title ‘Keen Kumari’ on Koffee with Karan. So, I’m really taking that forward and I’m the enthu cutlet of the group. I’m very excited about the promotions and all these firsts that I’m having for my debut SOTY 2, like my first song launch, first trailer launch first city visit and so on. I’m never gonna get this time again, so I’m just making the most of it.Tell us about your character in Student of the Year 2. Did you audition for the role with Dharma Productions? Student of the Year 2 poster.TwitterMy character’s name is Shreya. She’s very feisty and won’t take no for an answer. She fights for what she thinks is right, but is a little misunderstood. I’m quite similar to my character.The first time I heard the script of SOTY 2 was in this room (where the interview was being conducted at Dharma), so it’s weird – I’ve not come here after that. I gave an audition in another room and it was a very scary, ‘cos I thought Karan Johar will be there. But he wasn’t there and later saw the audition video of my two scenes, and the team really liked it.At the time, I was just 18 and on my way to USC (University of Southern California) to study media and communication. I was being practical that if I don’t get through the audition of SOTY 2, I would study and then maybe come back and pursue acting. If I hadn’t landed SOTY 2, I don’t know which film would’ve been my debut. Being young, there are not many roles that I could do. But I cleared the auditions and once I knew I was part of the film, I stayed back.Have you trained as an actor in a film school?I’ve always wanted to be an actor, but I’m not a trained actor. I’ve just played ‘acting games’ with Suhana Khan (Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter) and Shanaya Kapoor (Sanjay Kapoor’s daughter), imitating our moms Gauri, Bhavna and all. (Smiles) I’ve pursued drama in school. Since my grandparents were doctors and I love biology as a subject, I almost had this moment in life when I thought I’ll be a doctor. But no, acting is my calling. I’m a very filmi bachcha.SOTY 2 releases on May 10. Are you nervous about your Bollywood debut? Are you ready for the comparisons with the original Student of the Year?I’m actually very excited. I was nervous before the trailer launch. But now, I’m just waiting for people to watch it. We’ve worked so hard and for so long. There’s so much love attached to this film. I think it’s natural that people are gonna compare the two films, since it’s a franchise. And the first three students have such a big, massive fan-following. It’s normal to compare, but SOTY 2 is a very different film, so I don’t know what points audiences will compare it on. I hope they like our film as well.What was the advice from Karan Johar for SOTY 2?Karan asked me whose career I looked up to in the industry and who I aspired to be, and I said, ‘Alia Bhatt’. She’s my absolute favourite since the start. I’m not trying to be like Alia or follow what she’s done, but I really admire her. Karan told me, ‘You do you’. Alia is where she is because she has been herself and always made her own decisions, and done different things, which people have appreciated. Alia Bhatt with Ananya Panday.InstagramHow were your preparations for SOTY 2?I’m very lucky that my first film was with Tiger Shroff. I really had to keep my energy levels high and up my game in dance. I’ve learnt from Tiger Shroff now, but I really had to practice my steps, ‘cos he was always practicing, even if there were two minutes in between shots.Apart from Tiger Shroff, how was it shaking a leg with Hollywood star Will Smith?I missed not shaking a leg with Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra, the original stars in Student of the Year. Will Smith was a good alternative to that. There was so much hype before he entered the set and everyone was quiet. Once he came in, it was even more magical. He’s such a lovely person and didn’t have any airs about him. Between shots, he didn’t behave like some star, although he has every right to. That’s something we all need to learn from him.You belong to a film family and enjoy certain privileges. Do you think about it?I’m well aware of my privilege, like I’ve said on KWK, too that I know I belong to a film family. But for me it’s been like, my father was a huge star before I was born. After I was born, he took a break from those big films. I have seen ups and downs in his career, and know well enough not to take advantage of anything. I also auditioned for this film, and this has been my dream as well. So, I don’t think it’s fair to take that away from me. I don’t want to take anything away from my father as well, because he’s worked so hard and got a lot of respect and love in the industry. Wherever I go, it’s always about my father. So, I don’t want any negative attachments associated with my dad because of me. I think I just have to work doubly hard and find my place in people’s hearts.Do you follow your father Chunky Panday’s work?I love his film Aankhein because I love Govinda and his chemistry in the film. It’s amazing. I love his recent films like Housefull. I’ve not watched a lot of his old films, but now I should!What advice did your father give you before you entered the industry?He didn’t give any advice, because he knows that the times are very different now. Even if he tries, our generation is too different from theirs, so it might not be applicable right now. But I’ve learnt a lot from his behavior and that he has always stayed the same person in spite of failures and successes. He is always ready to laugh at himself. The fact that he never got affected by failure or trolling helps me, I’m also taking the trolling in a positive way. Thick skin is in our family.What do you have to say about Suhana Khan’s acting debut in Bollywood? Ananya Panday, Suhana Khan and Shanaya Kapoor.InstagramSuhana’s going to NYU (New York University) for studying acting and I think that’s amazing. She is such a good actor, if you’ve seen her videos online. I’ve always seen her act and loved how she is. We don’t have any serious conversations about acting. We’re like sisters so, it’s the fun and fluffy stuff. But if anyone is making a film on three best friends, please cast Suhana, Shanaya and I – maybe a Dil Chahta Hai 2!Suhana and Shanaya were so excited seeing me in the SOTY 2 trailer. I don’t think they can believe it that I’m actually in a film. Even I can’t believe it! When I saw the trailer, I thought it was someone else’s film, but then I realised it’s us on the screen. It’s not sunk in yet. We always send each other pictures on the Charlie’s Angels group that we have on WhatsApp. There’s just so much love around SOTY 2.How does it feel when fans shout out your name during promotions?We have Tiger with us, so everyone’s screaming for Tiger! So, we (Tara and Ananya) are just like, ‘Hi, please notice us. We’re also here’. Most of the attention of fans is with Tiger and I’m happy. We’re very lucky that we’ve such a big star. He’s so humble and the attention he is getting is crazy. We’re just getting a small part of it. I hope that one day I will get the same.How did you land a role in Pati, Patni Aur Who? Taapsee Pannu was supposed to play a part in in the film, but was dropped without notice. Any comments?They saw me in a Lakme ad and that is how I landed the role. Actors in general, and I, don’t get involved in the casting process. I think the role that Taapsee was supposed to do was the one Bhumi Pednekar is doing. I don’t think she lost the role because Taapsee is an outsider. I think talent speaks…I’d love to work with Taapsee Pannu one day.We guess this grounded nature comes to Ananya Panday from her family.My mom gives me a reality check. She’s been through my father’s ups and downs, so now she knows how it is. When you are in that storm, like my dad was, my mom saw it from the outside.How do you react to the various memes around SOTY 2 on social media?I love it! Since Koffee with Karan only my expressions have become memes. I love sharing them and put them out on my (Instagram) Stories and they’re really funny.Will you be choosy about your films?I don’t think I ever want to take a break. I don’t think I want to not be in front of people’s eyes for a long time, because I feel that people’s attention span is short. So, I wanna make sure I do as much good work as I can. I don’t want to take it easy or take things lightly. I just want to keep working and keep being visible to people.last_img read more

Zero power cut for all by March 2019 inverter business in India

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsThe Union Power Minister RK Singh on Thursday said that all homes in India will be provided uninterrupted 24-hour electricity supply throughout the year. Although a welcome move, it can take a hit on the companies that sell inverter across the country.Earlier, reports suggested that the power backup industry is expected to surge due to the regular power cuts in the country especially during the dry season. So till now, the power outage in India is largely met through the installation of inverters and generators.However, with the government’s efforts to reduce power cuts close to zero, this might bring down the demand for power backups substantially.Singh also said that by the end of next year, 1,694 villages which still does not have access to electricity will have power connection and the work is also in progress.He further added that a new law will be enacted to impose penalties on power distributors if they failed to provide uninterrupted power after March 2019. Only technical reasons will be taken under consideration.The government has set a target of cutting down the transmission and distribution (T&D) losses of power to 15 percent from 21 percent at present by January 2019.The Power Minister also said that the Centre will also spend Rs 1,75,000 crore to improve the power infrastructure in the country. An employee works on electric pylons at a power station in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi June 8, 2012 (representational image).Reuters fileReports also suggest that to expand electricity supply, the government also aims to distribute solar panels with battery packs to households in areas that are too remote for transmission lines.”India, which wants renewable power sources excluding major hydropower plants to account for 40 percent of installed capacity by 2030, would also push states to deliver on commitments to supply power from clean sources,” said Singh.last_img read more

3 get lifeterm over Titu murder case

first_imgA Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced three people to life term imprisonment for killing one Humayun Kabir Titu in Kadamtali area of Demra over enmity in 2010, reports UNB.Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal- 4 judge Abdur Rahman passed the order in the morning.All three lifers – Md Sohag alias Bara Sohag, Md Mamun Sheikh and Rabin Sheikh are on the run.The court also fined each of the convicts Tk 20,000 in default of which they would have to serve one year more in jail. The court acquitted three other accused in the case.According to the case statement, Titu was shot dead on 26 November in 2010 while he was returning to his home.last_img read more

Me too helpless Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderRuling Awami League’s general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has expressed his helplessness in dealing with the chaotic situation in the country’s transport sector.”I, myself, am helpless. Helplessness grasps me, too. Aren’t I a human being? I’m a minister, shall I evade my responsibilities?” Obaidul Quader said while talking to newsmen after a programme on Friday.Over the state of roads, he said, ”Wherever you go in Bangladesh, you’ll see development works going on for roads and bridges. Won’t they have birth pains? Why don’t you accept this? A section of our media is politicising this matter.”The road transport and bridges minister urged all not to criticise him over the transport sector.”I urge everyone not to corner me. I have limitations, of course. But, I remain a fighter and won’t be depressed since criticism just corrects me. Those who criticise me will one day realise that the criticism was not right,” he said.Slamming the drivers of public transport, Obaidul Quader said, ”No one maintains road discipline. Our drivers don’t bother about lives; they just keep money and earning in their mind.”last_img read more

Microsofts Mixer Turns Streaming Into Its Own Video Game

first_imgStay on target About a year and a half ago I went over to Microsoft’s swanky New York City store to tour their new esports stadium, a really impressive space for broadcasting competitive gaming events like they were something out of a prime time sports show. But the point of the arena wasn’t to impress journalists, it was to build awareness for Mixer, Microsoft’s video game live streaming platform to challenge the likes of Twitch and YouTube.Since then Mixer has grown to over 20 million active users. They’re spread across Xbox and Windows 10 owners, where streaming requires just no extra work beyond a button press, and iOS and Android owners who download the app. We’re hoping Mixer also finds a way to benefit from the Microsoft/Nintendo bromance. But with the overall potential streaming audience nearing two-thirds of a billion people, Microsoft wants to push Mixer even harder. And they recently showed me some of the new features they think will make this happen.While part of making Mixer better involves tech improvements, it’s also a matter of letting more players know the service exists in the first place and telling them about features that are already there. Mixer already boasts low-latency “Faster Than Light” streaming for better streamer/audience communication, as well as the ability for users to co-stream together, useful for, say, Apex Legends squads or a Fortnite coach. On the viewers’ end it’s also easy to find the most exciting plays of select games (mostly battle royales) thanks to the HypeZone channel analyzing footage through a trained A.I. that doesn’t care about celebrity.But the more interesting Mixer features to me are the ones that almost want to turn the act of watching streams into a kind of game in and of itself, and not in a Google Stadia kind of way. Ever since Twitch Plays Pokemon it was only a matter of time before a company made a way for viewers to interact with a streamed game live in a way that doesn’t involve an illegal ROM hack. And on Mixer viewers can plug in a controller to influence or even straight-up play games like Minecraft and No Man’s Sky alongside streamers.There are other ways in which the viewing experience has become less passive (especially compared to this sentence). Last year when Forza Horizon 4 launched players could earn in-game influence by streaming on Mixer. But now viewers can also gain a kind of influence by watching streams. By sticking with certain streamers and helping them achieve certain viewership milestones, viewers generate in-game Sparks currency that pays off real money (and valuable engagement insight) for these personalities.Viewers can also buy premium Ember currency to support streamers even more directly, filling the screen with skills like GIFs and emotes like literal money trains for the whole audience to see. It’s like a free-to-play mobile game economic model where the product is an actual person’s livelihood, so it feels just a tad more ethical. Microsoft can also use these systems to reward positive player behavior, like using the currency to fund anti-harassment charities when players ignore bullies. And while this feature is coming later in “Mixer Season 2,” eventually players will be able to level up their standing in a certain channel’s community and receive rewards at the streamer’s discretion.As much as I like playing video games, I think watching other people play them is painfully boring. So if streaming is going to keep being a thing, kudos to Mixer for making it a little more entertaining for those of us not holding the controller. For more on streaming check out these streaming TV services if you’re looking to cut the cord, and read the deep dive on the ongoing streaming wars on our sister site Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountDisney+ Gets Fox Movie Remakes, Hulu/ESPN Bundle last_img read more

Can you talk Apple patent calls on iPhone status check system

first_img More information: Patentvia AppleInsider Credit: USPTO ( —An Apple iPhone invention would allow you to check the availability status of another iPhone user before you make the phone call. The advantage for the caller would be avoiding being dumped into voice mail without knowing when it would be a good time to call. The invention is not something available to Apple users; it is only a patent filing, which was published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The application was originally filed in February 2012. Inventors are named as Devrim Varoglu and Swapnil Dave. The patent title is “Methods to Determine Availability of User Based on Mobile Phone Status.” The status information might include more information than whether the person is free to take the call: Remaining battery life, time zone, current location, strength of the callee’s signal (if it is indicated that the remote mobile phone is in an area that does not have a good reception, the local user may decide not to call) and whether the callee is in some special mode—normal, vibrate, airplane. Explore further Anti-Spoofing Bill Would Protect Caller ID According to the patent, “if the remote mobile phone is operating in a vibration mode, a user of the local mobile phone may interpret that the user of the second mobile phone does not want to be called upon. In this example, the local user may defer calling or send an email or a text instead.”Apple’s patent would reduce uncertainty of how likely the callee would be able to return a call quickly, and the caller could decide, after viewing the status on screen, whether to complete the call or to use another communication mode such as email.On the callee’s side, the advantage might be a way to avoid rings that can interrupt an office meeting, or any other event.How it works: The iPhone owner sets preferences and user sharing policies on the iPhone, which then reports to the server at preset intervals. As such, the phone automatically reports the operating status and conditions to a server; the process is taking place in the background. On the caller’s side, the device would display the contact’s operating status data automatically. The patent makes note of why this would be advantageous as compared with conventional caller ID. “Caller ID service is conventionally available to provide a callee with limited information about a call for call screening purposes, with the callee usually having very few options to manage the call. In particular, for most callees, the only available actions are to accept the call or decline it by either not answering or allowing an answering machine or voice mail system to respond. The caller in such cases has no control over whether or not the call will be accepted.”More advanced Caller ID services can provide the callee with limited interaction with the caller to assist the call screening process, thereby giving both the caller and the callee more control over the call. However, despite the limited interaction, the caller still has no effective way of knowing when the callee is willing to accept their call.” © 2013 Citation: Can you talk? Apple patent calls on iPhone status check system (2013, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more